High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.
A person is dead but she lives on here
The synopsis for this film sounds like a dream. Fanfiction. I guess it is. I'm not fond of reviews that recap plot but i can't help but put this at the start.
''Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.''
Get camera. Wear camera. Fly. In classic Polish fashion, whilst the wife is in hospital having the child, the husband is at…
This was fucking interesting, man.
Another astonishing work from Krzysztof Kieślowski which is an ode to the power of cinema, an astute and realistic character study on obsession and a nod to harsh climate of Communist Poland in it's attempt to stifle self-expression.
Upon receiving a 8mm camera to capture the life of his newborn daughter, Filip finds himself caught up in the possibilities of expressing his creative urges, but only under the scrutiny and censorship of his employer. As his obsession to succeed becomes more and more unbalanced and his 'hobby' becomes quite lucrative, his attention to his family becomes increasingly neglectful to damaging effect.
The performance from Jerzy Stuhr as Filip Mosz is just so damn believable and relatable, his naivety and ignorance…
Seemingly a very personal and semi-autobiographical film from Kieslowski (and painfully so) that I think most would agree is the best work from his pre-Dekalog career. Jerzy Stuhr's character acting from one performance to the next continues to astound me, and the character arc he navigates really tosses up some wonderfully wrenching acting moments for him. I love how he does the self-destructive finger framing motion during a heightened domestic scene, as we all know it is coming (foreshadowed earlier) and it really sums up the film in one swift (and just as swiftly regretted) gesture, one life collapsing into another. Humourous, tragic and negotiating the nexus of relationship responsibilities between the artist and the (in this case oppressive) system,…
It was nice seeing a glimpse of myself 20 years from now ignoring my family in favor of making films. Hopefully my mustache won't look as atrocious in 20 years.
Camera Buff has to be one of the best films ever made about cinema. It's about a man that falls in love with filmmaking after picking up a camera for the first time. It completely changes the man's life and he unfortunately suffers some natural consequences for his new found passion. The film is an honest and realistic portrayal of an artist being torn apart by his own artistic pursuits. The film also deals with the issue of censorship in Communist Poland during the time, and the main character's difficulties getting his films made the way he wants because of the authority figures looking over his shoulder. He also has a wife and a newborn child at home who he…
"A person is dead, but she lives on here. That's beautiful."
I thoroughly admire directors that succeed in making comedies I find enjoyable. Maybe this one is so funny because so many people would perceive it as not being a comedy, but the situations Kieslowski identify and accurately portray in his Camera Buff built up to one of the funniest metafilms ever made. Highly enjoyable!
This was fucking interesting, man.
Early Kieslowski but points the way to his later brilliance. The mixing of the personal with political is effortless here. All filmmakers can relate to the main character's burgeoning obsession and also the impact it has on the rest of his life, both good and bad. I suspect Kieslowski put a lot of himself into this character.
The film shows working conditions for artists under the communist Poland government. The firm is an allegory of the countryو the boss represents the government, and Filip the artists! The director/boss initially wants Filip to make a film to advertise and capture the grandeur of their company. He even quotes Lenin's famous line about cinema but much like Soviet leaders and the montage filmmakers, he becomes bitter of Filip after he excels in the art of filmmaking and starts making things other than what the boss desires. The handheld camera of Kieslowski, from time to time, imitates Filip's camera movements, giving us similar frames to what Filip is capturing on his camera. The ending of the movie, Kieslowski and Filip's camera finally become one.
You could say a lot of things about Krzysztof Kieslowski. One of those things, and probably the most important one is that each one of his films feels extremely personal. And it always works.
While still maintaining emotional complexity, Kieslowski manages to assemble his most darkly humorous film with Camera Buff. It's both fun and a pain to watch, because he seems to have constructed a narrative about the joys/ burden of being a storyteller and/ or artist. The final scene brilliant.
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
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